From the Friends of the Earth site;
Earlier in August, Northern Rail made the surprise announcement that they are planning to introduce higher peak fares for the evening rush hour. From 8th September, passengers either leaving or entering most of the north’s main cities between 4.00pm and 6.30pm will have to pay for a peak-time ticket, costing up to double the off-peak equivalent currently available. All of Northern Rail’s train services in Greater Manchester will be affected.
The new evening peak fares will unfairly penalise passengers for Government’s failure to invest in adequate train services to meet demand. Among those hardest hit will be some of the most disadvantaged and poorly paid in the labour market. Many part-time and shift workers will be travelling to or from their jobs at this time and will not able to change their travel habits to avoid the higher fares.
Rather than introducing evening peak tickets, the Department for Transport and Northern Rail should focus on improving services and on making Northern Rail’s services more attractive to potential passengers. This should include investing in better trains, stations and offering more flexible ticketing for part-time and shift workers.
As part of our work on sustainable transport, Manchester Friends of the Earth supports the Campaign for Better Transport “Fair Fares Now” campaign and would encourage every one to sign the petition calling on Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport) to Say ‘No’ to higher evening fares in the north of England.
We have also has created this simple Twitter action to encourage Greater Manchester Members of Parliament (MPs) to add their voice to this campaign. If you have a Twitter acount, all you have to do is click on the “Tweet to” links below and a Twitter message will pop up ready to send to your MP.
If you don’t know who your Member of Parliament is, then pop your postcode into the Write to Them website.
Then see the list of twitter accounts created by the Friends of the Earth folks – here.